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Spicy Beer-Steamed Shrimp

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Entertaining the Bakersfield Way

You will want to have a good supply of bibs on hand, lots and lots of napkins, and a good supply of pre-moistened towelettes. Seafood is delicious but it can be messy.


  • 1 (12-ounce) bottled or canned beer
  • 2 tbsp. crab boil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 lb. tiger prawns with shell
  • 3 oz. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar cocktail sauce


  1. In the base pot of a steamer, combine the beer, crab boil, and garlic and bring to a simmer.
  2. Put the steamer basket in place and carefully toss all your shrimp into the basket. It’s important you don’t submerge shrimp, so remove some liquid if necessary.
  3. Season the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and cover.
  4. Steam shrimp until pink.
  5. Eat by removing shells as you go and dipping in cocktail sauce.